Nigerian CEOs back telecoms to contribute 25% to the GDP

                                                                                        Funke Opeke, CEO, Mainone Cable
Top Nigerian CEOs from diverse sectors of the economy are meeting at The Nigeria Telecom Impact CEO Forum 2015 to deliberate on how the influence of telecommunications could contribute 25% to the country’s GDP. The event holds on October 30 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Lagos.
Themed “How Telecoms Can Contribute 25% to the GDP by 2025”, the Impact CEO Forum would focus on the recently rebased Gross Domestic Product [GDP] figures, which revealed that Nigeria’s telecommunications sector is “a star performer in the economy”.
Organiser of the event, ICT Watch Network, Mr. Tayo Adewusi, said as more sectors of the Nigerian economy appreciate the importance of telecommunications in improving their productivity and efficiency, there is a need to have an open platform where “C-level executives of various sectors will meet the telecommunication companies to discuss current trends and make realizable projections into the future”.
He explained that the Impact CEO Forum is envisioned as the foremost influential meeting of top-level executives who will assess the impression of telecom on their businesses. As such, he informed, the event has attracted about 50 CEOs and 300 participants from all sectors of the economy from telecoms, agriculture, banking, entertainment, broadcasting and manufacturing.
Other areas the influence of telecoms is heavily being felt is lottery and pooling, education, law, e-commerce, emergency management, tourism, customs and immigration. Others are travel and logistics, capital market, maritime, sports and government.
The Impact CEO Forum would offer “an ideal arena for discussion, as it will facilitate networking and encourage participants to share their experiences, expertise and best practices”.
Expected at the event is EVC of Nigeria Communication Commission, Prof Umar Danbatta, who will deliver the keynote address. Other speakers are DG, National Broadcasting Commission, Emeka Mba, CEO of Galaxy Backbone, Yusuf Kazaure, and CEOs from MTN, Michael Ipoki; Airtel, Segun Ogunsanya; Etisalat, Matthew Wilsher; MainOne, Funke Opeke among other CEOs. 
While giving further insight into the programme guide, he said there would be 10 lead papers, 10 plenary sessions and 3 keynote addresses. “It will be a revealing and learning session for the sectors, as the CEOs would demonstrate how telecoms could add 25% to the country’s GDP by 2025”, he said.